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Buyer's remorse sets in over EU exit by UK voters

June 28, 2016
Buyer's remorse sets in over EU exit by UK voters LONDON, England (CNS) -- As the dust settled on Monday on the unexpected referendum result in Britain last Thursday, many ‘Brexit’ supporters were beginning to have buyer’s remorse over the vote to exit from the European Union. At least one million people who voted ‘Leave’ have...

Commonwealth Caribbean warned to reposition or sink in the aftermath of Brexit

June 28, 2016
Commonwealth Caribbean warned to reposition or sink in the aftermath of Brexit BOSTON, USA -- Barbadian Harvard graduate Paula Byer has called on policymakers in the Commonwealth Caribbean to reposition their foreign affairs and international economic policies quickly in response to the exit of the UK from the European Union or suffer the medium term...

Caribbean weighs Brexit implications

June 25, 2016
Caribbean weighs Brexit implications GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has begun responding to the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union (EU). On Friday 52 percent of voters in a referendum in Britain opted out of remaining in the 28-member grouping.

Caribbean region must boost efforts to prepare for increased drought, says UN report

June 24, 2016
Caribbean region must boost efforts to prepare for increased drought, says UN report BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries in the region must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other extreme weather-related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication.

New York senator joins other Caribbean-Americans in celebrating centenarian's birthday

June 23, 2016
New York senator joins other Caribbean-Americans in celebrating centenarian's birthday NEW YORK, USA -- New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat from the Dominican Republic recently joined with other Caribbean-Americans in commemorating the upcoming 102nd birthday of Rose Salik, who was born in July 1914. To commemorate the occasion, Salik was presented...

Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister

June 21, 2016
Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The UK minister with responsibility for the British overseas territories (BoTs) has said that a British exit from the European Union will be an advantage for the BoTs because the UK will be able to focus on traditional relationships with them.

Inside Paradise: The fight and the right for life

June 21, 2016
Inside Paradise: The fight and the right for life In October 2015, Joe Biden announced to the citizens of the United States that he would not be running for president in 2016 and across America many listened attentively to his speech. However, when he said that his biggest goal would've been: to be the president who...

IDB hosts Capitol Hill event on US-Caribbean strategic engagement

June 20, 2016
IDB hosts Capitol Hill event on US-Caribbean strategic engagement WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 15, 2016, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) co-hosted an event on Capitol Hill on “Opportunities and Challenges for the United States and Caribbean Region". A highlight of this IDB-CCAA event...

New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections

June 20, 2016
New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections MAHO, St Maarten -- Sharks are safer across the Caribbean Sea with the announcement of four new shark sanctuaries in the region. Prime Minister William Marlin of St Maarten and Wayne Panton, minister of financial services, commerce, and environment for the Cayman Islands last week...

Drug abuse a public health not criminal issue, says new UK report

June 20, 2016
Drug abuse a public health not criminal issue, says new UK report LONDON, England (CNS) -- A new report by leading public health bodies in the UK is urging a fundamental shift in the approach towards the criminalising of drug use. The Royal Society for Public Health and the Faculty of Public Health are calling for the personal possession and use...

USAID Caribbean clean energy program helps green the grid

June 18, 2016
USAID Caribbean clean energy program helps green the grid BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP) is assisting Caribbean nations to become more energy efficient through policies and incentives that promote low emission growth and...

US Embassy in Bridgetown hosts interactive program to prevent LGBTI hate crimes

June 17, 2016
US Embassy in Bridgetown hosts interactive program to prevent LGBTI hate crimes BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- On June 14, the US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, hosted an interactive program aimed at promoting tolerance and preventing hate crimes against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community. The program featured a...

Relationships: Is this relationship a safe harbour?

June 17, 2016
Relationships: Is this relationship a safe harbour? Relationship safety is when one partner can say something stupid, and the other person ignores it or doesn't look at it as significant. There's a level of trust. But when they lose that safety, everything has the potential to flare up. They stop taking things at face value or giving each other the benefit of...

Compliance Matters: Rules for stress free foreign accounts

June 16, 2016
Compliance Matters: Rules for stress free foreign accounts Closing your foreign bank account today will not necessarily solve your disclosure problem. On the contrary, it could make things worse under the current regulatory environment. Here is what you need to do in order to have stress free foreign accounts: 1. You must report your worldwide income.

US House passes bill to strengthen Caribbean engagement

June 15, 2016
US House passes bill to strengthen Caribbean engagement WASHINGTON, USA -- Representative Eliot Engel, ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, on Monday praised passage in the US House of Representatives of his legislation to strengthen United States engagement with Caribbean countries. The United States-Caribbean...

Regional librarians and archivists participate in US government-sponsored program

June 15, 2016
Regional librarians and archivists participate in US government-sponsored program BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A group of librarians and archivists from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean travelled to the United States as participants in a US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) running from June 13 to July 1. The 21-day program is...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: The most important life lesson I want my sons to learn

June 11, 2016
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: The most important life lesson I want my sons to learn Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: A Man is Still a Man – The Most Important Life Lesson...

Six Eastern Caribbean countries launch region's first coral reef report cards

June 9, 2016
Six Eastern Caribbean countries launch region's first coral reef report cards ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- On Wednesday, as the world celebrated World Ocean’s Day, six Eastern Caribbean countries marked their commitment to preserving the region’s extraordinary marine ecosystems by launching the first Eastern Caribbean coral reef report cards.

UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery

June 2, 2016
UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery LONDON, England -- In an historic announcement on Wednesday, 12 British Overseas Territories launched dedicated reporting portals, to allow web users to report images and videos of child sexual abuse. The IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) initiative has been made possible by...

Toxic algae blooms: The worst from the strongest el Nino ever?

May 31, 2016
Toxic algae blooms: The worst from the strongest el Nino ever? BOQUETE, Panama -- The loss of salmon grown in cages in Chile was reported in March to be over $800 million due to a toxic algae bloom created by the current el Niño, where 37 out of 415 farms from the second biggest salmon producer in the world were affected. This amount is...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Please pass on the heritage

May 26, 2016
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Please pass on the heritage Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Please pass on the heritage – instilling an essence of Caribbean-ness.

Scripps National Spelling Bee awaits Caribbean contestants with harder words

May 24, 2016
Scripps National Spelling Bee awaits Caribbean contestants with harder words WASHINGTON, USA -- This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, from May 22 to 27, awaits Caribbean contestants from The Bahamas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands with longer rounds and harder words. And you should see the words they have this year!

Relationships: To love me, you have to speak my love language, not yours...

May 24, 2016
Relationships: To love me, you have to speak my love language, not yours... Humans are really simple creatures, we all have needs (food, shelter, etc.) and wants (money, success, etc.) but most importantly we need to be connected; to be in relationships with others. I talk about this a lot with anyone who comes in to discuss relationship communication.

CDB called on to adopt de-risking as central issue

May 20, 2016
CDB called on to adopt de-risking as central issue MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) general manager, Earl Jarrett, has told the board of governors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) that the time has come for the regional financial institution to play a leading role in crafting...

Caribbean Memory Project crowdsources family histories to preserve region's cultural heritage

May 19, 2016
Caribbean Memory Project crowdsources family histories to preserve region's cultural heritage PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- So you missed out on all those talks with your grandparents about what the good old days were like -- or perhaps you're curious about your family's past and how you ended up in the Caribbean. Either way, it's now possible to live vicariously through...

Joint United Nations Latin America and Caribbean Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 18, 2016
Joint United Nations Latin America and Caribbean Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, observed each year on May 17, aims to draw attention to the violence and discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people experience globally. Never before have the concerns of LGBTI communities...

Compliance Matters: Do you know how to survive an IRS audit?

May 14, 2016
Compliance Matters: Do you know how to survive an IRS audit? First and foremost: An IRS audit is not an accusation of wrongdoing. It is what is known as an impartial review to assess return filing accuracy. IRS selects returns to audit to determine if income, expenses, and/or credits are being reported accurately. The best and only way to survive...

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